Shades of Gray

I remember growing up our family would take a yearly summer vacation to visit my grandparents.  It was a long drive from south Florida to Springfield, Missouri, 25 hours to be exact.  My dad would drive it straight through, stopping only for food and gas.  So when you’re young and stuck in the car that long, you need something to do.  My parents would always buy my siblings and I new boxes of crayons since we all liked to draw and color.  Not just any box mind you, but the huge 64 count box with the built-in sharpener.  I loved seeing all those fresh, new crayons.  There were so many colors to choose from.  Some were so close in shade you could hardly discern the difference.

And now I can see how, in life, we like to live with many different shades.  Shades between right and wrong, good and evil, love and hate.  Take your pick; we create a middle ground for just about any circumstance.  I’ve wondered why.  Why do we create so many shades of gray?  Are we attempting to devise a comfortable form of Christianity, one where our walk with God merely resembles how we want to live our lives?

The Bible is very clear about shades of gray…there are none.

  • You can’t serve God and money.  (No real disciple serves God while addicted to the almighty dollar…or power, or sex, or substances, or anything that draws our attention away from him. -Matthew 6:24)
  • You’re either a sheep or a goat. (There is no sheep/goat hybrid.- Matthew 25:31-46)
  • There is only a wide and narrow road. (There is no middle road to tiptoe along. -Matthew 7:13-14)
  • You either love your brother in Christ or you’re a liar. (No true believer hates his brother or hates what is right. -1 John 3:10)

God would have us pick a side.  Of course we know what side he wants us to pick; the side of truth, the side of right.  But we have many warnings in God’s word informing us that most will not choose to do so.  There will be many grayed-down disciples who obsess over scriptures while conspicuously ignoring others.  One warning we’d be wise to heed is found in 2 Timothy 4:3-4.  “For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

Be ever vigilant and in the Word.  Be for God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and he promises us that we will receive our reward.

-Joe

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